Andi Gordon, PT, MPT, MS, CSCS
Hi, I’m Andi Gordon. I am originally from Rhode Island, and moved to Jackson, WY in 1989. After 6 years of working on my recreational skills, I went to the University of Utah and graduated with a Masters degrees in Physical Therapy in 2000. I returned to the valley and worked as a physical therapist in both inpatient, outpatient orthopedic and rural physical therapy environments. In 2004, I moved to Spokane, Washington to specialize in Motion Analysis. I worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in the Movement Analysis Laboratory analyzing how children walk using a variety of high-tech and low-tech tools and equipment (video analysis, physical exam, 3D infrared camera data collection, electromyography, energy expenditure, foot pressure analysis). The quantitative data collected during the evaluation assisted us in making treatment decisions and conducting research (see below). As part of the team we regularly engaged in teaching medical residents, ancillary personnel, students and the general public.
I continue to have a special interest in movement analysis to improve function whether you are a recreationalist, returning to activities of daily living or professional sports. Restoration of movement dysfunction requires synthesis of multiple physical therapy evaluative and treatment skills in order to improve quality of life. I have taken numerous continuing education classes over the years and won’t stop learning. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to compliment and augment this extensive evaluative process.
I am skilled in:
- General orthopedic evaluation of musculoskeletal and neurological issues
- Sports physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Strength and Conditioning
- Evaluation and treatment of movement
- Gait (walking)
- Cycling (will work with bike-fitters)
- Lower extremity injuries – hip, knee, ankle/foot
- Total joint replacements
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Low back pain
- Manual Therapy: muscle and joint mobilization, muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
- Dry Needling
- Therapeutic and functional exercise prescription
- Patient education
- Evaluation of children with cerebral palsy
I am a member of the Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis Society and hold an MS degree in Environmental Health from Harvard University. I am interested in individual and community well-being. I volunteer at Hole Food Rescue and I am a Pathways Taskforce Board Member. I love being in the mountains – biking (mountain, road or on pathways to work), skiing, walking my dog with my husband. The city is great too – I enjoy traveling to new and old places, big and small. That said, I am also fully capable of sitting on the couch, reading a book (mainly because I think I should say this but do read a lot of PT stuff), watching a movie or listening to music.
A physical therapy thought: We are all just temporarily able-bodied.